Calm Down, Dear – A Festival of Feminism

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Calm Down, Dear – A Festival of Feminism
'Pretty Ugly'

Camden People's Theatre's Festival of Feminism returns for a third year. Leading this year's offerings is Louise Orwin's London premiere of 'A Girl and a Gun' following her hit 'Pretty Ugly. last year. The show looks at the prevalence of images of women with gun. There's also the searing monologue 'Portrait' by Racheal Ofori about life through the eyes of a young black woman. There's lots lots more over the two-week festival which highlights some of the country's up-and-coming young companies.

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Angharad B

Camden People’s Theatre really are onto a winner with this festival – it’s thought-provoking, highly emotive and hilarious. I caught two performances, ‘A Girl And A Gun’ by Louise Orwin and ‘Portrait’ by Racheal Ofori, and both had me on a rollercoaster of emotions from beginning to end. Following Jean-Luc Goddard’s comment that “all you need to make a movie is a girl and gun”, ‘A Girl And A Gun’ really gets you thinking about the way women are portrayed in some of our favourite action films, and whether we would enjoy them so much if we actually paid attention to what was really unfolding before us. The male lead is played by a new actor each night, who hasn’t seen any of the lines or stage directions before and is basically going in blind, being prompted by an autocue in the audience – watching him react to the directions and lines he’s seeing for the first time really is powerful stuff. ‘Portrait’ is just a delight, as Racheal Ofori flits effortlessly from one character to the next in her one-woman show, each equally mesmerising and comical. She really is a wonder to watch!